Former Eagle Creek of Willmar golf pro Phil Sam was in court in Benton County last week, accused of forging two checks from a Brainerd area golf course where he worked. Sam allegedly took checks from the Golden Eagle Golf Course in Crow Wing County, totaling $7,850.00 and put them in his bank account last year. Sam was convicted earlier this year of taking $89,000.00 from Eagle Creek in Willmar while working there.

Jeff Ackerson Jr., 35, of Bird Island pleaded guilty in a plea deal in Renville County District court last week to felony cruelty to animals and first degree arson. Ackerson burned a home down that resulted in the dog’s death. His sentencing will be November 26th• His wife Sheena is charged with a count of aiding and abetting insurance fraud. A December court date has been set for her.

Brad Alsaker, 34, a former Benson hockey coach, was in court in Swift County last Friday where he entered a petition to plead guilty to 4 charges of possessing child pornography and soliciting. Also to plead guilty in a separate case to a firearms count. Alsaker was charged last year with a count of soliciting and engaging in sex with a minor by means of electronic communication along with 11 counts of possessing child pornography. An undercover operation led to his arrest.

The Willmar City Council meets today at 5 pm for a work session. They’ll be talking about the Christmas light display at Robbins Island, finance policy and credit card use, and the Bike share program. The work session takes place at the Health and Human Services Building.


An ATV accident southwest of Atwater Saturday injured one person, 44 year old Linae Gorman, who suffered minor injuries. She hit a cable that had been strung across part of a road. The cable was being used to pull a semi out of muddy fields. Gorman, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown off the ATV. The accident happened shortly before 6:00 last Saturday evening.

The Minnesota Ombudsman for Long-Term Care is recognizing Minnesotans who volunteer to advocate for the rights of people living in long-term care facilities. More volunteers are needed as well. If interested, contact the Minnesota board on aging. Area people recognized as certified ombudsmen include: Dorothy Chezek of Morris, Liz Spohr of Morris, Charlotte Hanson of Alexandria, Jo and Gary Hennen, and Betty Johnson, all of Cold Spring.


Area officials are reminding everyone that November 5th through 9th is Winter Hazard Awareness week. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the National Weather Service and other state, federal and non-profit agencies are working together to get reminders out for Minnesotans. Daily topics next week include Winter Storms, Outdoor Winter Safety, Winter Fire Safety, Indoor Winter Safety and Winter Driving. Local Sheriff’s officials remind you to make a plan, stay alert, dress for winter weather and stay informed on our ever changing weather.

Eligible Minnesotans are encouraged to apply for the state’s energy assistance program, which helps low-income households earning less than 50 of the state’s median income. The median income for a family of 4 is $49,698.00. Families are encouraged to talk to older family members-40 of households that got energy assistance last year were senior citizens, but many that were eligible did not apply. You may also be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program. For more information on getting help, visit the Minnesota Commerce
Department website.

Construction on 22nd St. SW in Willmar was delayed and is now scheduled to begin today. A storm sewer project is being done, and the road will be closed through the 12th of November, depending on the weather. 22nd St. SW is the road that goes past the re-cycling center and the Stingers Ball Park.

The Montevideo City Council has called a special meeting for tonight at 7:00 in the council chambers at city hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the city manager employment and any other business that may come up.

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